Sarre Windmill

Sarre Windmill

Introduction

This commercially working smock mill is now completely restored. The mill has been grinding by wind power for 7 years after a 70 year gap. Sarre Mill was built in 1820 and is one of England's few remaining commercially worked mills.

It is a typical Kentish Smock Windmill, built by the Canterbury Millwright, John Holman. In its time its height has been increased, a steam engine was installed to provide auxiliary power in 1861, and then replaced in 1907 by a gas engine with its own gas producer plant. In the early 1920s the mill stopped working by wind power and the sails were disconnected and sold. Trading ceased for a time between the wars until 1940, when after 120 years, the millstones ground to a halt and the mill went into decline. However, in 1985 the Hobbs family bought the mill and rebuilding work started in 1986. Restoration was finished in 1991 with the new sails turning for the first time on June 12th.

The mill is now once again an environmentally friendly, wind powered mill. The mill is equipped with one set of Derbyshire Peak stones and one set of French Burrs, with most of the original machinery surviving and in use today.

Sarre Mill produces high quality stoneground flour in the traditional way, rather than the "hot milled" flour to be found in the vast majority of breads and cakes. This ensures nutrients and vitamins are preserved and the flavour is just unbelievable. The flour can be bought at the mill and other local outlets. The mill is also a tourist attraction and hosts school trips. There is a farmyard, museum, play area, tea room and gift shop.

Opening hours: (please check before visiting)

Fri 16 Apr 2010 - Sat 22 Dec 2012 Thu - Sun 10:00 to 17:00
Notes Open all year round except Christmas. Closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Tel: 01843 847573



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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015